Your bags are packed, the cupboards are stocked, and the gas tank is filled. Your motorhome retirement blogs are driving down the highway capturing your next latest and greatest adventure. What an exciting way to live and share your experiences with others.
There are a few tools you should also pack, with number one being your laptop, of course, but are there other things you should make sure you have with you? These are even beyond a camera so you can include pictures on your blog as well as a notebook for those times you won’t be near your laptop.
But there are a few other things you need to pack for your motorhome adventures. These have to do with the “tools of the trade”, the resources you will need to write and publish a successful blog.
Before I get into the tools I think you need to pack, I wanted to share a few things that I like to do when I’ve been on the road. Sad but true, I enjoy it when it rains when out camping. As far as I’m concerned there’s nothing so peaceful as to pull up a chair in the motorhome, gaze out the window watching the rain pour down, get calm and reflective…and write. There are probably a few reasons for this, whether it’s because the pounding of the rain is analogous to the pounding of the keyboard, or the rain running down the windows helps my thoughts run to unknown places…
…oh heck, the main reason I like to write when it’s raining is because I’m inside and dry!
I also like to write when in front of the campfire. It may be hard to see the keyboard sometimes but that’s what auto-correct is for, fix things later. It is easy to get distracted by the flames but, just like the rain running down the windows, the flames implore me to join in on their fiery dance. My thoughts are free to wander, create, and be inspired. I always make sure I have a notebook close to hand as well as my laptop should I need to jot my ideas down so I can blog about them later.
Being in your motorhome, sitting around a campfire, traveling down uncharted highways…these all lead to reflective moments, new experiences, and even the opportunity to share with others wherever you next hang your hat for the night. There is never a shortage of material for your blog and, in fact, you may create articles in ways that you never thought possible from the safe confines of your home.
Oh, right, the tools you need…
Besides Electricity, Wi-Fi
Even though traveling in your motorhome is rejuvenating and free, you will still need to plan your journey knowing there is power and internet at the end of the road. These will be two requirements you cannot live without to maintain your blog. However, they are also not always necessary which is good news for those that are not interested in the retirement parks or commercialized campgrounds.
Motorhomes have their battery power so you will be able to write your next post and save it in whatever document you prefer. You can then save and publish it when next you encounter a “hot spot”…and I mean free internet service. It’s almost like coming out of the jungle and announcing to the world, “I’m back, I survived…read my adventures here!”
Even though you are retired and enjoying the RV lifestyle, you will still need to ensure that you are bringing along your online support community and training gurus. If you anticipate that you won’t have internet and will not be able to join in on your online support chat rooms to ask questions, you will then need to ensure that you have reading materials or even those dreaded manuals downloaded so you can reference them for help.
Sometimes it’s at the most inconvenient of times that we need to log in and get help now or read “How do I do that again”? So you will need to ensure that you can get the answer when you have the question. If not, make sure you write your question down somewhere so it doesn’t get lost in today’s travels.
When we write a blog it’s usually with the intent that someone will read it. And if you want to make sure that yours gets read, especially if it’s helping pay for this trip, then you will still need to make sure that you are getting ranked, meaning found, in the search engines. So you need to make sure that you have a keyword research tool that will help you do this. Of course, as with any training and support you might need, you will need to have access to the internet so, again, this may take a little extra planning and a lot of “notes to self”.
Caution, Don’t Write and Drive
This seems self-evident but the problem is that you will get great ideas as you pass a roaring waterfall or a tumbleweed skipping merrily into the sunset. What do you do if you don’t have someone who can jot your thoughts down for you? Great ideas for the next blog post come at the most uncontrollable times so you may want to consider having a backup plan.
Another great tool you should consider taking is a tape recorder; whether it’s your phone (which might be illegal to use while driving and is certainly not safe regardless) or a mini tape recorder, you may want to have something that, at the click of a button, lets you say what you saw or what you need to write later. Of course, the best thing to do if you can is to actually pull over and jot down your title or phrase; remember, you will still need to do your keyword research later anyways so that you know you are posting something that people are actually searching for.
Your Trip Is Your Next Campaign
The great thing about blogging about your latest trip is that it becomes a campaign unto itself. For instance, if you are traveling through the Western United States your entire campaign or theme would be about that. The Eastern United States equals another campaign. This would also give a natural structure to your blog and give your visitors the information they are looking for if they are looking for travel ideas or are even visiting the places you’ve been to.
I would advise that you include pictures because we’ve become such a visual society that people not only want to read what you’ve done and where you’ve been, they also want to see those place. It kind of gets their mouth watering and their gas tanks filled up because they want to see what you’ve seen. And if your goal is to make money with your blog then you can also include some affiliate links that lets you earn commissions should these be clicked on.
These are just a few of my ideas for your “mobile blog”, whether you are writing as you go or if you will publish your posts when you get home. Writing from the comfort of your motorhome can be such an adventure…why not share it with others!
Thanks for reading.